FIRST FRIDAY, YAY!  Join us the First Friday of every month when your downtown Middletown neighborhood businesses, boutiques, eateries, & galleries keep their doors open late, just for you! Explore all the new faces and places downtown, visit with your neighbors, and have a great time! The fun is from 5-9 p.m., we hope to see you here in downtown Middletown!

The Downtown Middletown DORA District, Ohio’s first designated outdoor refreshment area, is in operation from 6 p.m. to Midnight Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. For more information about how the DORA works, and the boundaries, click here.


march first friday: pathways to peace

Kicking off on February 27th and lasting through March 10th, Middfest International will be hosting a series of events taking place in and around downtown Middletown involving numerous aspects of peacemaking and reaching out to refugees. The main location for many events will be held at The Windamere Event Center, located at 2 S Main Street in downtown Middletown.

For First Friday, you will be able to shop the district by peaceful luminary light, music and more! For additional details about Pathways to Peace, visit the official FB event page here.

april first friday: hometown heroes

Help us celebrate Middletown’s own Hometown Heroes! Spend an evening with our Police & Fire Department and First Responders! Police cruisers, fire trucks, k-9 units and more will be there. A chance for the community to meet & greet the men and women who protect us every day. Kids young and old are encouraged to dress up like their favorite heroes! 

may first friday: chalk it up! (Rain Date June 2nd)

Chalk artists will line the streets to showcase their work, turning downtown Middletown into a living work of art, and listen to live music at Governor's Square from the Madison High School Steel Drum Band! Chalk it Up is proudly sponsored by The Pendleton Art Center.

june first friday: get ready, teddy!

Get Ready, Teddy! Join us this First Friday in Governor’s Square for story time, dancing, music and lots of reading FUN with Ready Teddy! Kids young and old, bring your beloved teddy to downtown Middletown to explore for the day. The Teddy Bear Doctor will be in to fix those rips and holes in your favorite friends. Book raffles, local authors, and more! Come hang with Ready Teddy and get READY for the summer! Get Ready, Teddy is proudly sponsored by The Middletown Community Foundation.

july first friday: ferret fest!

Few know that in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Middletown, Ohio was the ferret capital of the Midwest. Yes, we are serious! The land that is now Hook Field Airport was once the home of the Farnsworth Ferret Farm. The flood of 1913 ended the rein of the ferret here in Middletown, but 2017 is the year we bring our furry friends back to town! Join us for the first annual FERRET FEST here in downtown Middletown. 

This First Friday we will launch our "Finding Ferret” downtown challenge. A scavenger hunt & walking tour to find the hidden ferrets around Middletown. They could be hidden on the side of buildings, inside businesses, ferrets will be EVERYWHERE. First Friday will be a festival to honor our weird and wonderful history of ferret farms and more, so find the registration booth in Governor’s Square to get your map and begin the hunt! #ferretsforever 

august first friday: bike the block

Get those bikes out of the basement and join us in downtown Middletown for the first annual Bike the Block! Join us for a group ride on the Great Miami River Trail (additional details to come) where we meet back in downtown Middletown to enjoy First Friday festivities. Special VIP bike parking, just for you! 

september first friday: dog day downtown

Downtown Middletown is going to the dogs, again! Join us in downtown Middletown for the Third Annual First Friday: Dog Day Downtown! An evening all about you and your best friend! Bring your BFFFF’s to downtown Middletown to enjoy loads of free treats, free vaccinations, $20 Microchipping, explore multiple animal rescues and more!

Check-in with us at Governors Square (corner of Central Ave & Broad St) to grab your Doggie Bag and guide for the evening. From there, you can collect free dog treats and goodies from local businesses downtown.

october first friday: made in middletown

A night celebrating our regions most talented makers & shakers! Local artists, authors, and creators will be set up on the lawn of Governor’s Square. Downtown Middletown businesses will be featuring their handmade goods and Middletown proud products too, making this the ultimate Middletown Love FEST! Come celebrate your Middie pride at Made in Middletown!

november first friday: ale in autumn

Join us for the Third Annual Ale in Autumn! Come taste the best fall selection of craft beers, brews, and cocktails that downtown Middletown businesses have to offer! Bring your DORA approved beverage to the "game garden" hosted by the Middletown Young Professionals at Governors Square, located at the corner of Broad Street & Central Ave. Mingle with the people, play some games, and have some good old fashioned fall fun!

december first friday: merry moonlight madness

Join us for the Third Annual First Friday:Merry Moonlight Madness Sale in downtown Middletown! Get up to 40% off your ENTIRE purchase at participating locations when you draw a “snowball” at checkout!

HOW IT WORKS
1. Shop at the participating locations below!
2. Bring your purchase to the register where you will be asked to draw from the bucket of discounts.
3. Whatever ball you pull from the bucket is the discount you get off your entire purchase. Every participant will receive at least 10% but you have a chance to save up to 40% off your order!
4. Take your loot home and bask in the sunshine of the awesome deals you scored in downtown Middletown.

RULES & EXCLUSIONS:
• Once the discount ball has been drawn, you cannot add or subtract from your order.
• Although kept to a minimum, please be aware that some items may be excluded from the Merry Moonlight Madness Sale.

Stay tuned for the 2017 Participating Business List!